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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

(Fudge #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  133,761 ratings  ·  2,856 reviews
Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by Berkley (first published 1972)
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Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have officially turned the page to 2018 although I am still savoring some of my 2017 reads. This year, I decided to go through each of my challenges one by one, starting with classics bingo. One square this year is read a classic children's book. Admittedly, because I have always been more of a tomboy, I was never enamored with classic books as Little Women and The Secret Garden. Toward the end of last year, I finally got around to reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. For a classic children's b ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
My brother and I are "Irish Twins", so we were in the same grade throughout our whole school career. He got all of the awesome, tenured teachers, whose students loved them so much that they still continued to visit them well into their middle and high school years; their classrooms had epic decor themes like "under the sea" or "summer fun."

I was a straggler kid, looking in from the outside and always longing for what he had. My assortment of teachers were either (a) fresh out of college and tryi
I hadn't read this 1972 children's classic since I was a 9-year-old and in the fourth grade myself, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover, this week, while reading it to my fourth grader, that the story was still funny, relatable and worthy of new readership.

It turns out, the angst of suffering siblings is just as potent, and just as irritating as it was in the 1970s. (And, apparently, all other decades). Siblings haven't gotten any better, y'all. They still want to mess with your sh*t, taun
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in the 1970s.

Wow--calling it "Fudge #1"--way to reinforce the title sentiment! Nine-year-old fourth-grader Peter Warren Hatcher is feeling like his life got right fudged up almost three years ago with the arrival of a baby brother his parents named Farley Drexel (family names, maybe?) but these days he's known as a turbocharged toddler called "Fudge." When people first see him they think he's so adorable, but he soon shows them there's way more to him! But why does that have to mean that th
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I read this with my 4th grade class every year and I never get tired of it! Even though published in the 1970's it stands the test of time. I found it funny when I read it at age 10, still funny reading it as an adult to my class, and even funnier now that I have a 3 year old son who could easily double as Fudge Hatcher if they ever made it into a movie. My 12 year old says it was her favorite book she ever read in elementary school and my 8 year old just experienced Fudge for the first time and ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Continuing on my quest to re-read/ listen to some of my most loved childhood favorites. I was surprised to see this was written in the early 70s. I probably read them in the mid 90s. They are just as cute as I remember. I was all about Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary back in the day!
Sheila Beaumont
This is the first time I've read this hilarious children's book. I'm glad I didn't miss out on it just because I was born too early to read it at the usual age! ...more
January 2021
After finishing The Ramona Quimby Collection, I knew I have to revisit this one. Ramona and Fudge are inseparable in my mind!

November 2019
Reading for the second time during the same year and still trying not to burst laughing in public while listening to this. Mission impossible.

March 2019
I absolutely loved this!!! I had so much fun. The characters were so vivid and bright. I loved Fudge. l bet he will be more noisy even at Peter's age.
The audio was great! The narrator was so good w
Pradnya K.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who's a kid at heart
Shelves: 2015, children, humor
Lovely, cute, adorable, pulling strings of your heart, sweet and innocently joyous! You pick it up and can't let go till you're finished!
It's about A nine year old boy Peter and his innocuous jealousy for his toddler brother, Fudgie. Spinning through cute, little incidents, it takes us through the life and innocent thoughts of Peter. I loved his view of his parents - a mother whom he's always suspicious of that she doesn't love him, and the father whom he finds just. But the keen observation of
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
I have fond memories of this book. I have a feeling Peter could have certainly benefited (christian or no) from the serenity prayer. Perhaps he'll eventually pick it up at a meeting of Fudgaholics Anonymous.

Blume's humor and ability to speak to deeply-rooted juvenile issues (such as being utterly ignored) keep her firmly planted at the pinnacle of authors writing for young readers. When the mood strikes me and if there's a copy handy I'll read just the last page of this book. I walk away unders
DJ Harris
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to DJ by: Mother
I remember reading this as a kid and loving it. Fudge was crazzzzzyyyyy >_<
One of the first full-length English language children's novels I encountered when our grade four teacher read Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing aloud to us (in 1976), I have very fond and nostalgic memories of totally commiserating with Peter Warren Hatcher with regard to his often so annoying and extremely spoiled by in particular the mother younger brother Farley Drexel Hatcher (generally known as Fudge). However, while in grade four, I was often (if not even first and foremost) si ...more
Kevin Shepherd
Read to me (us) in 1975-76 over the course of 7th grade english class by one Miss Estelle Gossage who, by my recollection, was 101 years old, unmarried, and had taught not only my mother but also my grandmother. We welcomed the respite from her boot camp like regiment of conjugation, and I remember very little except it was the only time I ever saw Miss Gossage laugh.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really easy read about Peter, a boy in grade four, and how his younger brother, Fudge, always seems to be up to something to annoy Peter.
Fudge is fucking awful. This book was just 120 pages of cringe and bad parenting. Not the kind of children's book that can be enjoyed by adults. ...more
SheriC (PM)
Probably my least favorite of Judy Blume’s children’s books so far. I seem to remember enjoying it as a child, but unlike the Ramona and Beezus and Henry books, it has no charm for me as an adult reader. Peter is cursed with an obnoxious little brother who gets all the attention and ruins everything. Originally written in 1972, the substance of the story doesn’t rise above its dated references and gender stereotypes.

The only other thing I can say is, poor Dribble. He probably wished Peter didn’
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
When I first read this book as a kid in grammar school I really enjoyed it. I think I just liked how it went through a kids day. Funny things happen, siblings cause trouble, and life goes on. My sons enjoyed reading it in their free time.

But as an adult rereading it I didn't enjoy it as much. I have read so many other children's books that I liked so much more that this book just kind of fell flat. As a homeschooling mom I won't place it on any literature lists but just as something to be enjoy
Daina Chakma
This book is so fun!
Siblings fight, having a turtle as pet, the way little Fudgie's talk and call his brother Pee-tah everything is amusing!
Dear Peter, you are a wonderful boy and you must know it!

Guessing exact numbers of jelly beans in Mrs Fargo's jar remind me of "Tin Goyenda"! It's exactly the same way Kishore won Rolls Royce car for a whole month!
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
If I remember right this book was actually better than SF, but it never had the obsession thing attached to it. There is a part in the book where Peter (holy shit, how did I do that, I can't remember character names in books I read last week, but here I am pulling out a character name from a book I read a quarter of a century ago), gets mugged and he says that it's what happens in New York, or something like it's scary but everyone gets mugged so it's no big deal. And this stuck with me for a lo ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the way back in the mid-to-late 1990s, the Fudge books were among my favorites. While Double Fudge wasn't published yet, I both read and owned multiple copies of the first three books in the series. I even knew what happened at the end of the book before my classmates did thanks to a Random House treasury of humor that contained the final chapter.

So...does it stack up all these years later? In a word: Yes! The familial craziness is reminiscent of a sitcom like Good Luck Charlie or the comic
Steph Su
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chase-classes
There's absolutely a reason why this book continues to be widely read by readers of all ages, even so many decades after its original publication. The narrative voice that Blume gives Peter Hatcher is pitch-perfect, and his complicated feelings toward his naughty little brother will resonate with readers of a similar age. What I find so remarkable is that, rereading this book now, I can regard all the characters and their relationships with one another in a different, albeit no less real, light. ...more
Anne Catesby
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: transitional
When I came across Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing at the public library I was so excited! I absolutely love Judy Blume books and feel that they really are some of the best books for young readers out there. This book is the first of many in the Fudge Book series that Blume writes. This is the story of Peter who is nine years old. Peter has a ridiculous two and a half year old brother named Fudge who never seems to do anything except annoy Peter. However, to Peter it seems that nothing Fudge eve ...more
Rodney Ross
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
i did not like it in the same way i did not like Beezus and Ramona. The bad behaviour of the younger child is annoying.
Christina T
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Book #1 in the Fudge series

Synopsis: Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

My Thoughts: Although I discovered Judy Blume around age 11 I firmly refused to read this series because, well, I was in the fifth grade and could
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boy-books, girl-books
As far as kids books go, this one is way up there. I love reading about all of fudge's antics. I happened to have both kids with me at the library the other day when I pulled this off the shelf. I asked them if they had read it thinking that surely they had, but neither one of them did remember reading it. I think this book was read to me when I was in gradeschool, but I had almost no recollection as I read it through today. It is only a 3.3 on the AR reading scale, which is disappointing, and t ...more
Kaitlyn Burress
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book by Judy Blume, called Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing. It is 120 pages and is realistic fiction. I really loved this book in the 4th grade so I decided to read it again.

This book is about a boy named Peter. He has a little brother who goes by fudge. At first Peter gets a turtle from a friends birthday party. When he comes how his brother likes the turtle. Later in the story Peter has to watch over his brother at the park, when Peter isn't looking Fudge climbs on the ju
Scott Rhee
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Many fond memories of this, the first book in a series by Judy Blume featuring a fourth grader and his annoying toddler brother. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" was one of those books I voraciously read over and over until the copy that I owned started falling apart. Dog-eared did not begin to describe its condition, and yet I cherished it, taking it with me on just about every road trip or family vacation. I didn't do stuffed animals, really. I carried books instead. Strangely enough, I still ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I skimmed this book. It was the worst. Not in terms of writing or plot (well maybe some plot) but in terms not being able to read it because i wanted to strangle Fudge’s parents and then Fudge. I felt like Peter did not get a good resolution. I’m sure this book was entertaining back when it was written, but now i just think of parenting. I would hate for a child to read this and get any ideas.
Stefu Smith
Although I never had a younger sibling, I feel like this is an accurate depiction of many of the feelings an older sibling must have about their younger siblings. Some parts had me laughing out loud--which I realize makes me seem childish. Maybe I'm still a fourth-grader at heart... ...more
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